The purpose of conducting an assessment is to find the reason why you have not become pregnant and what treatment is possible for you based on the reason found. Through the process of a fertility assessment, you will undergo a series of tests to check reproductive potential.
- Medical Hystory Review
After registration, you will meet one of our experienced nurses. The nurse will then ask you several questions including – but not limited to – your medical history, your day to day lifestyle, previous reproductive experience, birth defects in your family, sexual hystory and more. Once the nurse has gathered enough information, she will then take you through the basic idea of infertility, the various treatments available and the state of the art technologies that our centre offers to patients.
- Semen Analysis
The male patient will then have his sperm examined via a sperm analysis test. This will determine the health and viability of his sperm and the test determines the number, shape and motility of the sperm among others and the report will take about two hours to be generated. Patients are best to abstain from any form of sperm release for about three to 4 days before their respective appointment.
- Abdominal Scan & Pelvic Ultrasound Scan
An ultrasound will be performed on the lower abdomen to give an overall view of the patient’s pelvic organs. A transvaginal ultrasound is then done to obtain a closer and cleaner view of your uterine lining, see your potential number of eggs, identify scarring, fibroids or other factors that may keep a woman from conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term.
The procedure involves the insertion of the transducer into the vagina to produce incredibly detailed images of the organs in the pelvic region.
Depending on your condition, sometime your doctor may require you to do HSG (Hysterosalpingogram) to further evaluate your fallopian tubes, or even Hysteroscopy or Laparoscopy
- Blood tests
Depending on your condition, your doctor may order a blood test to to measure a range of hormones including thyroid, prolactin, FSH, LH, AMH, Testosterone and other androgens (male hormones) if it is necessary. Whereas blood tests for men measure levels of male reproductive hormones.
Routinely, a common blood test on full blood count, liver function, kidney function, HIV I & II, sexually transmitted diseases will be order if you are embarking on IVF journey.
You will then meet your doctor for the first time. He will have a discussion with you about your medical history, expectations that you have for your family and you can ask any questions that you have prepared to fully benefit from this visit.
Based on the assessment repots, the doctor will then discuss with you the treatment options appropriate for you, weighing the pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, benefits and risks, and success rates for each option.
The consultation will usually last 20 to 40 minutes or even longer in a complex case.
Do not be afraid to ask our doctor or staff to repeat information that you do not understand.
Do not be afraid to ask questions, our doctors and staff are more than happy to assist you as we understand that this experience can be overwhelming.
Also, if you have any questions you would like to ask the doctor we recommend you prepare a list before coming so as not to miss asking any important questions you may have
Click here to schedule an appointment to begin your fertility assessment program.